From: Reuters
Published August 28, 2010 05:52 AM

Hurricane Danielle weakens to Category 2 storm

Hurricane Danielle weakened to a Category 2 storm on Saturday and was set to pass east of Bermuda by the end of the day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Danielle, located some 340 miles southeast of Bermuda, had top sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

The hurricane poses no direct threat to land or the U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil patch.

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A tropical storm watch was in effect for Bermuda but computer models showed Danielle passing well east of the island later on Saturday. The Hurricane Center said dangerous surf conditions would affect Bermuda over the next few days.

The storm, which is expected to turn north later on Saturday, will bring swells and dangerous rip currents to the U.S. East Coast this weekend.

Storms packing winds greater than 96 mph are classified as Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity. They have extremely dangerous winds that can cause extensive damage.

Image shows hurricane Danielle, located southeast of Bermuda, and Tropical Storm Earl, located west of the Cape Verde Islands, in a satellite image taken August 26, 2010. Credit: Reuters/NOAA

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